Nebraska: College and Career Policies

Additionally, Nebraska requires 70 hours of other elective courses for graduation. These completes the 200 necessary hours for graduation.

Nebraska's State Board of Education oversees the Nebraska teacher certification process and dictates the requirements needed in order to become certified within the state.

In order to become a certified teacher in Nebraska, an applicant must hold at least a bachelor's degree, have completed an approved teacher preparation program, and have passed the required certification examination.

The Nebraska State Board of Education reserves sole authority over college program approval and certification.

In order to renew a certificate in Nebraska, teachers must complete an application form and have teaching experience.

Administrators need to complete 6 pre-approved graduate credits to renew their licenses as noted in Section 004.

All the professional teacher education program requirements are listed in section 004 regarding personnel, faculty, and coursework.

Nebraska has not adopted any professional development standards.

Nebraska State Accountability - NeSA - includes all state tests: NeSA-W (Writing), NeSA-R (Reading), NeSA-M (Mathematics), NeSA-S (Science), NeSA-AA (Alternate Assessments in Reading, Mathematics, and Science) ELDA (English Language Development Assessment).

Nebraska updated the English language arts standards in 2014.

Nebraska State Accountability - NeSA - includes all state tests: NeSA-W (Writing), NeSA-R (Reading), NeSA-M (Mathematics), NeSA-S (Science), NeSA-AA (Alternate Assessments in Reading, Mathematics, and Science) ELDA (English Language Development Assessment).

Nebraska updated the math standards in 2015.

Nebraska State Accountability - NeSA - includes all state tests: NeSA-W (Writing), NeSA-R (Reading), NeSA-M (Mathematics), NeSA-S (Science), NeSA-AA (Alternate Assessments in Reading, Mathematics, and Science) ELDA (English Language Development Assessment).

Nebraska updated the science standards in 2010.

The committee’s development of Effective Practices and Example Indicators was informed by the profession’s national standards. For teachers, these include the 2010 Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards and the Framework for Teaching developed by Charlotte Danielson.

Nebraska updated the social studies standards in 2010.

Nebraska requires 40 hours of English Language Arts for graduation.

Marzano Causal Teacher Evaluation Model. As outlined by the board, the new evaluation systems would be weighted with student test outcomes for an accurate measure of whether student learning was improving under the new system.

Nebraska requires 30 hours of math for graduation.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards.

Nebraska requires 30 hours of science courses for graduation.

The Nebraska State Board of Education and the commissioner share authority to adopt assessments.

Nebraska requires 30 hours of social studies to graduate.